Linville Falls is located on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Trails lead to views of both the upper and lower falls. Forests offer virgin hemlock mixed with other familiar trees such as white pine, oaks, hickory, and birch. A colorful and varied display of wildflowers decorates the trails in the spring. Red and golden leaves in fall beautifully contrast with the soothing green of hemlocks.
Had a surprisingly warm day in January after hitting lows in the teens earlier in the week. That, plus dense fog early in the morning meant the trail was absolutely empty when I'd arrived which was fantastic. Great trail down to the gorge. Footing gets a little tricky over the rocks at times and it was a bit slippery because of the melted snow, but it wasn't anything too crazy. Beautiful views at the end. Quiet, peaceful, and gorgeous. I would highly recommend it if you're ever in the area.
We did this Trail with my 5 year old in our group. It wasn't overly difficult and has some parts near the waterfalls and pools where you can explore further if you choose to climb a bit. Everything was clearly marked and the views from the lower falls were worth the hike so make sure you walk to the bottom as well. This is one of the better waterfall hikes I have done in the area. In the summertime the pools are fun to swim in and slide down the rocks. More of a summer play area but we have done it in the winter and just seeing the falls was fun for everyone.
Hiked in off the Forest Service gravel Road that connects to 183. Very nice wide 1/2 mile trail down to the first section of the falls. This is an easy hike for all ages, lots of huge boulders down near the falls. I think most people access from the Parkway